NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Almac today said that its biocatalysis group and University College London will jointly work on a project to develop tools aimed at metagenomics and novel enzyme discovery.

The project is part of a UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council program, and the work will be carried out by Almac and UCL's departments of Biochemical Engineering and Chemistry.

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